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Archive: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Despite All Odds

Most of the time success seems out of reach, meant only for those who already have an advantage--the biggest, brightest, most beautiful, most connected, etc. Underdog stories, such as the year the little known men's basketball team from George Mason University made it to the NCAA Final Four, make us smile.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | February 20, 2010; 8:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

An underdog win gives us hope

It is human nature for us to want the underdogs to win amazing victories against stronger opponents in sports or other endeavors. It gives us hope--if this athlete or politician or business owner or performer can succeed in spite of overwhelming odds, maybe we, too, can overcome the challenges in our own lives.

By Jan Scruggs | February 19, 2010; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

Often, it's all relative

Patrick Kennedy is doing what he wants and I think that makes more sense than just doing what people think you are supposed to do.

By Garrison Wynn | February 18, 2010; 7:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Merely a hiatus

Could the Kennedy political dynasty be coming to an end with Patrick Kennedy moving on to other pursuits? I would argue that this is merely a hiatus. In a family known for its commitment to public service, it is likely we have not seen the last Kennedy hold office.

By Jan Scruggs | February 18, 2010; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Family business

Rather than seeing Patrick Kennedy's retirement as the end of an era, I believe his decision is a very wise move, given his personal challenges. Somewhere out there is another Senator Kennedy and maybe even another President Kennedy. The hiatus will give them time to craft a fresh image and new political agenda.

By Patricia McGuire | February 18, 2010; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Following your heart

The odds of being successful can be correlated to the freedom you have to author your actions, mastery over your own efforts, drive, and real talent. If Patrick is picking a different path, then may the wind be at his back.

By Seth Kahan | February 18, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Evaluating priorities

By not running for re-election, I do not think Rep. Kennedy is letting his family down in any way. Maybe he is evaluating his own priorities in life after his father's death

By Ashok Bajaj | February 18, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Family ties

In all walks of life, there are family dynasties. When enough talent and energy emerges in the next generation, the baton is passed and future generations ride the wave. But over time, the line tends to peter out.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | February 18, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Four keys to success

To achieve success, you must have a clear vision, make tough decisions, take persistent and consistent action, and have great desire

By Willie Jolley | February 16, 2010; 1:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Cho must go on

We do have to make sacrifices to be successful, but most people are not really into doing what it takes to be No. 1. At what point did ditching school become proof that you're a winner?

By Garrison Wynn | February 16, 2010; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Give it all you've got

Simon and his family took a big risk in pursuit of his passion. This type of sacrifice is more than merely necessary for such success; it is inspiring.

By Misti Burmeister | February 15, 2010; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Against all odds

Success is how we define it. Given that Simon is defining success as going for the gold, high school was not taking him toward that goal.

By Jeanine Cogan | February 15, 2010; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (2)

Sacrificing for a dream

In our normal lives, it is good to have balance, but when a person is trying to achieve the extraordinary, extraordinary measures are often necessary.

By Jan Scruggs | February 15, 2010; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Veni, Vidi, Vici

Becoming a champion is not a hobby; champions are almost monk-like in their single-minded devotion to the religion of success.

By Patricia McGuire | February 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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